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by Wayfarer
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In between Taoism and Buddhism
Replies: 53
Views: 923

Re: In between Taoism and Buddhism

One point that hasn't been stated explicitly in this thread is that Taoism has had a particular influence on Chinese Buddhism (and through that to other East Asian schools.) Not so much on Tibetan and none at all on Indian Buddhism, for the obvious reason that whilst Chinese monks travelled to India...
by Wayfarer
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 35
Views: 480

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

How is that reconciled with the Pure Land principle that the recitation of the Nembutsu is all that is required for rebirth in Sukhavati regardless of one’s acts?
by Wayfarer
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual karma?
Replies: 35
Views: 480

Re: Theravadan critique - absolving karma through Bodhisattvas (other power?) clashes with the concept of individual kar

Hi, I'm currently doing religious studies at university and encountered an issue I had not though about. Previously studied Mahayana in a religious context. So, apparently there is a critique from the Theravada school that absolving karma through hearing the name of a bodhisattva clashes with the c...
by Wayfarer
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Guidance for Lay People
Replies: 22
Views: 326

Re: Guidance for Lay People

Husband & wife, both of them having conviction, being responsive, being restrained, living by the Dhamma, addressing each other with loving words: they benefit in manifold ways. To them comes bliss. Their enemies are dejected when both are in tune in virtue. Having followed the Dhamma here in this ...
by Wayfarer
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Guidance for Lay People
Replies: 22
Views: 326

Re: Guidance for Lay People

It's more an admonition against sensual enjoyment, which is invariably associated with sex. Traditional Buddhism (read: Buddhism anywhere outside the liberal democracies) is hardly 'sex-positive'. And meanwhile, over here, the sexual revolution has taken root in such a way that it's now the new norm...
by Wayfarer
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Guidance for Lay People
Replies: 22
Views: 326

Re: Guidance for Lay People

It’s ‘monkish’. And It comes from a very different cultural milieu prior to the sexual revolution. But you would find exactly the same proscriptions in pre-modern Christian ‘advice to the laity’.
by Wayfarer
Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In between Taoism and Buddhism
Replies: 53
Views: 923

Re: In between Taoism and Buddhism

I know he has plenty of critics, but in this subject don't overlook Alan Watts.
by Wayfarer
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:13 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Not one in a million can attain enlightenment through self-power- Shinran and Honen
Replies: 20
Views: 680

Re: Not one in a million can attain enlightenment through self-power- Shinran and Honen

On how Hōnen Shōnin (J: 法然上人) developed, adapted and promoted his group, the Jōdo-shū (J: 浄土宗) along the lines of exclusivity as seen here in this simple analysis . Thanks for posting these. From the article: The shami were unordained "householder novices" (zoku shami) or "wayfarers" (nyudo) who, w...
by Wayfarer
Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Breaking the law = bad karma?
Replies: 13
Views: 642

Re: Breaking the law = bad karma?

Politics and Buddhism do not mix. Politics are based on worldly perceptions and not necessarily in accordance with dharmic law. The only protection from karmic forces is the awakened state. In many countries there are Buddhist-oriented political parties, and there's no specific reason why Buddhist ...
by Wayfarer
Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Emotions = suffering?
Replies: 9
Views: 180

Re: Emotions = suffering?

mariel.hespanhol wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:51 pm
I'm reading DJKR's What makes you not a buddhist
Not one of my favourite books, really. I think he's being deliberately provocative in some respects.
by Wayfarer
Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Chinese Scientists Have Put Human Brain Genes In Monkeys
Replies: 21
Views: 327

Re: Chinese Scientists Have Put Human Brain Genes In Monkeys

honestly this is a nightmare scenario. It's similar to the recent story of a maverick Chinese scientist who claimed to have genetically altered an infant female. These people are literally messing with genomes. It's what Frankenstein was about, only a lot more real, and a lot scarier.
by Wayfarer
Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Emotions = suffering?
Replies: 9
Views: 180

Re: Emotions = suffering?

In the Four Seals, it is said that all emotions are suffering. Am I wrong to interpret that this sentence simply means that duality is suffering? What about bodhisattva's love and compassion beyond duality? What about relative bodhicitta? And what about the other two noble qualities: joy and equani...
by Wayfarer
Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is "love"?
Replies: 6
Views: 221

Re: What is "love"?

The Greeks had seven names for different forms of love. 1. Eros Eros is sexual or passionate love, and is the type most akin to our modern construct of romantic love. In Greek myth, it is a form of madness brought about by one of Cupid’s arrows. The arrow breaches us and we ‘fall’ in love, as did Pa...
by Wayfarer
Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 42
Views: 2054

Re: proof of nirvana?

Enlightenment is not nirvana, but enlightenment points the way to nirvana.... I think there is obviously a distinction between bodhi as an attribute and Nirvana as the final realisation of the path - so would agree. One point that might be worth mentioning is how the word 'enlightenment' came to be...
by Wayfarer
Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: First Ever Black Hole Image Released
Replies: 16
Views: 360

Re: First Ever Black Hole Image Released

What interests me more is the 4% Universe . The book's name comes from the scientific confusion over how ordinary matter makes up only four percent of the mass-energy in the universe, with the rest consisting of mysterious dark matter and dark energy that are both invisible and impossible to detect....
by Wayfarer
Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Readability of Usernames
Replies: 41
Views: 723

Re: Readability of Usernames

Coëmgenu wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:50 am
This makes me want to change my name to Chinese characters.
Hey don't worry! Coemgenu is impossible to type anyway. (See!)
by Wayfarer
Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 296
Views: 6813

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

how likely is it that 'intellect' will be conflated with 'cognitions'? Not likely at all. My previous response simply drew attention to the dictionary definition of the term, as requested, but Buddhism doesn't generally use the term 'intellect' in this way, so it's probably not a useful subject to ...
by Wayfarer
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: New Indian text on the Mahayana
Replies: 3
Views: 150

Re: New Indian text on the Mahayana

Greetings and welcome to DharmaWheel. Thanks for the very interesting introduction, it provides an interesting perspective on a subject which is the topic of frequent debate here.

:namaste:

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